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Schwarzwald, The Black Forest

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Its German name is Schwarzwald and the region is one of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations. It is famous for its superb scenery, fertile forests and Schwarzw´┐Żlder Kirschtorte, or Black Forest Cake, a seductive speciality laced with cherry schnapps. The cuckoo clock is also a hallmark of the region and has been made here since the 17th century. The name Black Forest is derived from much earlier times, when the forest was so dense that it was virtually impenetrable, a time when wood, silver and ore were the mainstays of the comparative wealth of the region’s inhabitants.

Today the Black Forest is also the heart of Germany’s woodworking industry, adding considerably to the region’s economy and income from tourism. The carefully tended forests yield some of the world’s best quality timber from a variety of pine trees. The region is also blessed with numerous attractive towns including Baden-Baden, sometimes referred to as the “Gateway to the Black Forest” and well-known for its therapeutic spas. The Black Forest is also reputed to be haunted by werewolves, witches, sorcerers and other mythical creatures, but these are kept well under control by helpful dwarves and in no way detract from the bewitching appeal of this beautiful region.

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